- When was Creed formed?
- How did the band get its name?
- How many albums does Creed have?
- Is Creed a Christian band?
- Are the members of Creed Christians?
- If Creed is a Christian band, why does Scott say "Goddamn" in "What's This Life For?"
- If Creed is a Christian band, how come they're not on a Christian label?
- OK, so they're not Christian--are they religious?
- What was the inspiration behind the song "My Own Prison?"
- Which members write the songs?
- Are there any songs that are not on Weathered, My Own Prison or Human Clay?
- Who is that on the front of the My Own Prison CD?
- Does Creed have any videos?
- Who do the band members like to listen to?
- Where can I get the latest Creed information?
- I have a question that isn't answered here, where can I get the answer?
- When is Creed coming to ?
- Why was the record changed from the Blue Collar release to the Wind-up release?
- How can I contact the band?
- What are they saying in the background during "Ode"?
- How can I get the acoustic version of "My Own Prison" or ?
- Where can I find more information about the With Arms Wide Open Foundation?
- What equipment is used by Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips?
When was Creed formed?Creed was formed in Tallahassee in 1995. A full band bio can be found here.
How did the band get its name? Former member, bassist Brian Marshall came up with the name Creed.
How many albums does Creed have? Three. Weathered, their third album, was released on November 20th, 2001. The album debuted at #1 and held the top spot for eight consecutive weeks, tying the record for longest run at #1. Weathered was recently certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. Human Clay was released on September 28, 1999. It debuted at #1 and stayed at #1 for 2 weeks. It is now certified Diamond (10x Platinum) by the RIAA. Creed's debut album, My Own Prison was originally released independently on the band's own Blue Collar Records label (known as the "Blue Collar Release" - only 6000 were printed). The songs were re-issued by Wind-up Records in August 1997 with a different mix and slightly different artwork. It has been certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. Combined, both My Own Prison and Human Clay have sold approximately 20 million copies worldwide.
Is Creed a Christian band? "Are we a Christian band? This is a question we are asked a lot because of some of the references made in the lyrics. No, we are not a Christian band. A Christian band has an agenda to lead others to believe in their specific religious beliefs. We have no agenda! Those references were made at a time in my life when I was questioning how I was raised, and searching for where I stood concerning those issues. This is not to say I have abandoned those beliefs, just searching for where they fit into my life." -- Scott Stapp
Are the members of Creed Christians?"This is a very personal question because the whole foundation of being a Christian is a personal relationship. I can say that all the members believe in God, but we each differ on our methods to reach Him. We are all still learning and growing, and God can only answer this question, because who are we to say that being a Christian is the only way to heaven. I know this might be hard to understand for all the Christians who follow the band--and trust me, I know where you are coming from--but let us continue to seek, and if that is the way, then we will find, if we continue to knock, the doors will be opened." -- Scott Stapp
If Creed is a Christian band, why does Scott say "God damn" in "What's This Life For?" (First of all, see question #4.) "Why do we use GD in WTLF? First of all let me say that there was never an intention of cursing God. It was strictly an emotional response to a tragic situation of losing two friends to suicide. I know some of you live by the words of never taking the Lord's name in vain, and I feel in my heart that there was never that intention. Some of you will never agree with my use of that word, and I respect your convictions. I guess this is between God and me, and my heart has no conviction for the use of this word because I feel God understood my situation. If some of you could look at the bigger picture in that song and not focus on the word, you would understand that it is a cry to the lost, put in a way that they could understand." -- Scott Stapp
If Creed is a Christian band, how come they're not on a Christian label? See question #4.
OK, so they're not Christian--are they religious? "Please do not limit this band to only dealing with spiritual issues. I wrote about spiritual issues on My Own Prison because that was what I was dealing with personally at the time. I write about things that are very personal to me, and things that I see and feel from the world around me. All I can say is that writing for this band is not centrally focused around spiritual issues, so understand that not all of our songs in the future will deal with the same things MOP dealt with." -- Scott Stapp
What was the inspiration behind the song "My Own Prison?" "I wrote this song at a time in my life when I realized that I could not continue to blame others for why I was in the situations I had placed myself in. I was blaming my parents, God, and anyone I could find, when really the only blame rested with me. Hence the phrase, "I've created My Own Prison" Realizing this helped me move forward in my life and make better decisions, knowing that if I was going to get better, it was me and only me that could make a change." -- Scott Stapp
Which members write the songs?All of Creed's lyrics and music are written by Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti.
Are there any Creed songs that aren't on Weathered, My Own Prison or Human Clay?
- The Dead Man on Campus soundtrack featured a track called "Bound & Tied," which Creed has performed live on past concert tours.
- There is an acoustic version of "My Own Prison" that has been performed for several radio stations and is available on the WBCN '98 Naked CD.
- Creed contributed a cover of Alice Cooper's "I'm Eighteen" to the soundtrack of The Faculty.
- A cover of "Riders On The Storm" by the Doors appears on the Doors tribute album, Stoned Immaculate, and another Doors cover, "Roadhouse Blues," from Creed's 1999 performance at Woodstock appears on the Woodstock Vol. 1 - The Red Album.
- "Young Grow Old" appears on the Human Clay European/Japan release and "To Whom it May Concern" is included on the "Higher" single (European release).
- Scream 3: The Album, for which the members of Creed acted as executive producers, contains the track, "Is This The End."
- A special enhanced CD single release of "With Arms Wide Open" is now available as a limited edition and contains three versions of the hit "With Arms Wide Open," and the composition's accompanying video. The compact disc contains the string version that appears in the "With Arms Wide Open" video, a no-strings rock version, and an acoustic performance of the song. The latter two recordings are currently not available commercially. This release officially launched Scott Stapp's "With Arms Wide Open" Foundation.
- "To Whom It May Concern" (previously unreleased in the U.S.) is featured on the Scorpion King soundtrack from Universal Records.
- "Young Grow Old" (previously unreleased in the US) is featured on the the WWF compilation "Forceable Entry."
Who is that on the front of the My Own Prison CD?"This is a friend of ours from college named Justin. Mark's brother Dan took this picture for a film class, and we liked it so much we decided to put it on the cover. We thought it captured the feel of the album." -- Scott Stapp
Does Creed have any videos? Creed have so far released three videos from Weathered, "My Sacrifice," "Bullets," and "One Last Breath." From Human Clay, the band have made videos for "Higher, "What If,"(for Scream 3: The Movie) and "With Arms Wide Open." From My Own Prison, the band made videos for the tracks "My Own Prison," "Torn" and "What's This Life For", which was filmed in the summer of 1998 and has two versions: one featuring clips from the movie Halloween: H20 (as this song was used in the movie) and another with vignettes for each band member in place of the movie footage.
Who do the band members like to listen to?"We listen to a variety of music. Led Zeppelin, Doors, Tool, Metallica, Slayer, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Eagles, Garth Brooks, Tea Party, U2, Otis Redding (helps make sweet love...), Bad Company, Beatles etc I could go on forever..." -- Scott Stapp
Where can I get the latest Creed information?Your best bet is the Official Creed Website. To hear the latest news first, be sure to subscribe to Creed Enews.
I have a question that isn't answered here, where can I get the answer? Check the some of the fan site bulletin boards, or sign up for the Creed Enews.
When is Creed coming to ?The most up-to-date tour information can be found on the Official Creed Website. You can also sign up for Creed Enews to get all the latest tour information, news, and schedules of TV and radio appearances delivered to your mail box.
Why was the My Own Prison record changed from the Blue Collar release to the Wind-up release? "Blue Collar Records was a label that the band created before they signed with a major record company. We wanted to put My Own Prison out ourselves, but quickly realized that we had neither the funds nor the know-how, nor the man power to put out a record nationally. Signing with Wind-up was the best decision this band ever made, had we not done that, none of you would ever have heard of Creed." --Scott Stapp
How can I contact the band?The band does not currently have an email address where fans may send email. If you want to send a letter or postcard through the mail, you can write to Creed at:
PO Box 618228
Orlando, FL 32861-8228
What are they saying in the background during "Ode"?"This is a secret we will take to the grave......sorry.....It's a band thing..." -- Scott Stapp
How can I get the acoustic version of "My Own Prison" or <insert cd title here>? All acoustic CD singles and DPro's are special releases that are only available through contests and giveaways on www.creed.com. You can find out about contests and other Creed related topics by signing up for Enews or visiting CreedNet on a regular basis.
Where can I find more information about the With Arms Wide Open Foundation? Check out their website, send them an e-mail or write to the address below:
With Arms Wide Open FoundationYou may also join the Creed Worldwide/Creed Ink Official Fan Club. For details, click here.
c/o Cindy McNeely
525 East College Avenue
Tallahasssee, FL 32301
What equipment is used by Creed guitarist Mark Tremonti and drummer Scott Phillips?MARK TREMONTI'S RIG:
P R S
Mark Tremonti Custom Model
Modified McCarty Soapbar Model
Tobacco Sunburst McCarty Model
Emerald Green Model
Triple Rectifier head w/ Fender 2x15 Dual Showman Cabs
4x12 Boogie Cabs
Fender Twin Reverb "Blackface"
TC Electronics Tube Force
Bad Horsie Wah
SCOTT PHILLIPS' DRUM SET-UP:
22" x 18" Bass Drum 14" x 7" Snare
10" x 8" Tom
12" x 9" Tom
14" x 14" Floor Tom
16" A Custom Crash
14" Quick Beat Hi-Hats
8" K Splash
18" Z Custom Medium Crash
10" K Splash
18" Z Custom Rock Crash
22" Ping Ride
18" Oriental China Trash